Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa


33, of Tracy, California.
Killed in combat. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on March 27, 2003.

Born in the Philippines, Menusa moved to America with his mother at 10 and fell in love with his new country. He joined the Marines after high school; his wife, Stacy, learned he had died while visiting her mother last week with the couple's 3-year-old son, Joshua.

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"You will never be forgotten brother, always honored in our hearts. Semper Fidelis Brother."
MSgt Mlay

"Brother. Another year has passed; your sacrifice has not been forgotten. We met on Recruiting Duty, Gunslingers in San Francisco. I remember just talking to you before we crossed the LOD, needing me to haul some Ord for you. When we stopped, the evening before going through Sadr City, we were told we lost you. I remember hearing those words and it stung. Semper Fi Brother."
Ben Lloyd SSgt Ret of Olympia, WA

"What's going on brother. The other night I was going through some things and came across my open water diving license I got when we were in oki together. Then I started thinking about the time we were in engineer school together and heading to the clubs on the weekends. The times we had in the PI, or heading down to Kadina. Anyways, no need to update you on me as I'm sure you check on everyone of us."
Justin Fuqua of Newport News, Va

"Happy Marine Corps Birthday, gone to heaven but never forgotten. I think of you often, Semper Fidelis brother."
MSgt Mlay

"Happy Marine Corps Birthday, gone to heaven but never forgotten. Semper Fidelis brother."
MSgt Mlay

"I remember GySgt (then SSgt) Menusa when I was a nasty poolee at RSS Hayward. You and the rest of the Marines (MSgt Ted Brown, GySgt Carlos Brandao, SSgt Flores, SSgt Fowler, and Cpl Dailey to name a few) really went the extra mile for me and started my journey toward becoming a Marine.

When I read your name on the KIA list as a Corporal stationed in Okinawa the reality of the war that those of us on the rock were only seeing on TV hit me hard.

When I went to Iraq the following year and again two years later I saw first hand just how fleeting life is.

You will always have a place in my heart Marine. You will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis Gunny."
Sgt. Christopher Lowry of Kennesaw, GA (formerly of Hayward, CA)

"I remember GySgt (then SSgt) Menusa when I was a nasty poolee at RSS Hayward. You and the rest of the Marines (MSgt Ted Brown, GySgt Carlos Brandao, and Cpl Dailey to name a few) really went the extra mile for me and started my journey toward becoming a Marine.

When I read your name on the KIA list as a Corporal stationed in Okinawa the reality of the war that those of us on the rock were only seeing on TV hit me hard.

When I went to Iraq the following year and again two years later I saw first hand just how fleeting life is.

You will always have a place in my heart Marine. You will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis Gunny."
Sgt. Christopher Lowry of Kennesaw, GA (formerly of Hayward, CA)

"Never Forgotten brother, you are missed🇺🇸"
Top Mlay USMC Retired

"Today I just learned of your sacrifice. I write this with tears in my eyes. I dug out the pictures I have of you from GTMO. You always had a big smile on your face. I feel privileged that I was able to serve and be friends with. My you RIP and keep watch over your family and friends. HM2 Shea (Gorden) McNew USN Ret."
Shea McNew of La Vernia, TX

"Found some pics I had of us in GTMO with Minefield Maintenance. Hard to believe you're gone...miss you!"
Chris Stinson, HM1(FMF) USN Retired of Orlando, FL

"Wow 13 years brother, just wanted to let you know we never forget. Keep those Pearly Gates secure until we all join you one day. Semper Fidelis"
MSgt Mlay USMC Retired

"Sitting here by my camp fire thinking about you. Thanksgiving is just a few days away, never forgotten brother never."
MSgt Mlay

"Gone to Heaven but, Never Forgotten. Semper Fi"
MSgt Mlay

"He was always motivated to get things done and done the right way. This was a Marine that did not sacrifice integrity or cut corners, he was an outstanding example to junior Marines like myself who were working there way up through the ranks. He was a good man, and a good Marine. I was blown away by the news and a little heartbroken that the Corps had lost one of their best. He will not be forgotten by me or by any who served with him. I served with him in Hawaii from 1997-2001."
Bryce Dodd of Mesa, Az

"I have a POW-MIA Bracelet for GySgt. Medusa, it's an honor to wear it everyday. HOORAH and Semper Fi, Marine."
Alex Pantaleo of Easton, PA

"Always in my thoughts brother, we will never forget. Semper Fi"
MSgt Mlay USMC Retired

"Never forgotten brother, Semper Fi."
MSgt Mlay USMC Ret.

""Never Forgotten Brother, Semper Fi!""
MSgt Mlay USMC Ret

""In our thoughts"
Joseph, know that you and your family were in our thoughts and prayers this weekend at the Minefield Maintenance reunion at Camp Lejeune, NC. You were the best and many of us are blessed to have known you! Semper Fi.....Marine!"
MSgt B.L. Autry (USMC retired) of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

"Couldn't stop thinking about you this past Memorial Day. I remember your amazing smile that brightened up the early mornings at San Jose MEPS and the great sadness I felt when I saw your face on the cover of the news paper. So many years later still in our thoughts!"
SSGT Ramirez of Sunnyvale, Ca

"05-26-14 - Never Forgotten Brother, Semper Fi"
MSgt Mlay

"Still remember you every day brother, you showed me what the power of positive thinking can make happen in life."
GySgt Rosenquist

"I saw your picture at RS San Francisco when I checked in back in 2005. I could not believe you were gone to heaven. I always remember you always had a smile, great positive attitude even when times got tough.
You were one of the best Marines I ever served with, a great father and a friend.
I miss you brother.
SSGT Lam B.M.. 931215-20090323.
Semper Fi.
Engineers Up."
Byron Lam of San Francisco, California.

"I miss you Joe."
David

"Never Forgotten Brother, Semper Fi!"
MSgt Mlay USMC Ret

"I was just thinking of you, Never Forget."
MSgt Mlay USMC Ret

"Joe, I know its been awhile since I've written and I must apologize, forgive me!! Of course you know each time I go home we are able to catch up for a few hours. Kills me to know you are there and my heart still hurts from the pain of losing you. I would give anything to have you back with your family and friends. Your picture is still on my phone, a constant reminder of everything you have sacrificed. I refuse to replace the picture of you that hangs in my bathroom...listening to all my problems. You were always a good listener. My husband appreciates you because he don't have to listen to me. Soon I will be going back home for a visit so expect some company. Miss you so much. The love that everyone has for you is priceless and I have always known you are special. Please stay close.....it's impossible to live the rest of my life without you in it. You would not believe that I'm officially a grandmother now. Of course my son and his wife could of waited until I hit my 60's but for now I can be tia until I hit that age....just kidding!! she is so beautiful & a reminder that life is just so precious. I just wish you were here to see her. Love ya always..."
Isa.... of United states of America

"GySgt Menusa
I live 2 houses down 'Joseph Menusa ln' in Tracy CA. I cross your street just about everyday. I was walking w/ my 13 y/o son today, and told him who you were. I'm grateful for the service you performed for our country . We've never met you, but my family thanks you and remembers you.
MSG Dela Cruz
US Army Retired"
MSG Dela Cruz of Tracy, CA USA

"Joseph, it's Memorial Day thank you and your family for your ultimate sacrifice. You are truly missed and never forgotten, Semper Fi my brother."
MSgt Mlay

"Dear Family & Friends of GySgt Joseph Menusa,
He was a superb combat engineer leading from the front, and proud that 'USA' was in his name! The death of any Marine is a death in the family, and we miss him like you do. What an example he set. May God Bless you."
Col Michael C. Howard USMC (Ret), fellow combat engineer, Iraq War & 1st CEB vet of Hillsboro, Oregon

"RIP Guns"

"Gunny Menusa,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the reflections left for you all I can say is that I wish I had had the honor and privilege of serving with you.

Semper Fi Gunny!"

"10 years gone by, Never Forgotten my brother, Semper Fi"
MSgt Mlay USMC Ret.

"Joe - You are very much missed. I still remember messing around with you at the San Jose MEPS like it was yesterday. I will never forget you my friend!"
Greg Call

"237th Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day. Never Forgotten my brother."
MSgt Mlay USMC Retired of 11/10/2012

"Hey Gunny ,
Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day are approaching just want to let you , you are missed . Semper Fi"
Sgt Michael Houston of Jacksonville , Fl

"3/27/12
Never Forgotten my brother, Semper Fi."
MSgt Mlay, USMC Retired

""Thinking of you today on our Birthday and Veteran's Day.

Semper Fi,
MSgt Mlay, USMC Retired
11 Nov 2011"

"Dear SSgt Menusa,
I havent ever met you ssgt, but i just came across this website, and im glad i did. I know its been more than 7 years and i havent been able to respond to this website. I just want to tell you i am 1st sgt armstrong's son, Cpl armstrong IV. I personally am paying my respects to you and to your family. I remember hearing about you when i was still in high school, my dad (fletcher armstrong III) gave me his journeyman graduation t-shirt. I used to wear it almost every week as a young teenager, proud and full of determination to join the marine corps. Well, as they say the apple doesnt fall to far from the tree, and here i am proudly serving in our beloved corps. You and your family's sacrifice has not been forgotten SSgt menusa, rest in peace. To SSgt Menusa's family, anyone that my father has respect for i have respect for, take care and remain "always faithful", semper fi,
Cpl. F.R. Armstrong IV"
Cpl. F.R. Armstrong IV of Loris, S.C. / U.S.

"Hey Joe, I just wanted to stop by and tell you I miss you :'( I don't know if its all the war movies I've been watching or the fact tomorrow is Memorial Day but I've been thinking about you A LOT lately and the thought of never seeing you still kills me... I seen the last time I wrote you I was in 8th grade, I'm gonna be a senior in less than 2 weeks now. Time goes by so fast Joe. I'm so sorry we didn't go see you on your birthday but I want you to know this, I think about you everyday and pray every night that I'll get a visit from you in my dreams. I love you and miss you... Keep an eye on Romeo for me and tell Everyone up there I said Hi okay?... Sincerly - Bel"
Esabel Menusa of Oceanside, Ca

"Another Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Never forgotten my brother, Semper Fi""
MSgt Mlay

"It's that time again (just past really). Thanks Guns for the small things that you were in my life and I know you will not be forgotten."
SSgt Rosenquist

"Gunny Menusa,
It's been eight years since we last saw you, but I know that you are by our sides all the time. I cannot thank you enough for your sacrifice. You will always be remembered."
Sgt Brandon Webb of Indianapolis, IN

"Never forgotten my brother, your memory will always be honored. Keep those pearly gates secure for all of us until we see you again. Semper Fi

27 March 2011"
MSgt Mlay

"Hey bro, just wanted to say happy birthday. It was weird, I almost forgot your birthday but something weird was happening around the house and I couldnt figure out why. But what reminded me, was recieving the text from mom and how she was feeling down. Thats when I asked what day it was and thats when it hit me. Wow did it hurt. I had to go in the bath room and hide from the kids. I couldnt stop, it felt like I just heard the news again. Joe Iam sorry I did not come to see you but I hate feeling the pain when I see you there. I always wish that I can do something to bring you back. All can say is that I miss you and that I love. Visit me in my dreams. All I want is to sit and talk to my older brother. Happy birthday bro. love you always."
Dave of oceanside ca 92058

"Thinking of you on New Years Eve my brother. Semper Fi"
MSgt Mlay

"Joe, we miss you brother! Happy Birthday and keep guarding Heavens streets for us all!"
MSgt Harkless of Virginia

"Thinking of you today on our Birthday and Veteran's Day.

Semper Fi,
MSgt Mlay
10 Nov 2010"

"With veterans day coming up just thought of you. semper fi
Valverde Family"
Ruben Valverde of Los Angeles/Miami

"We all remember and honor you on this most important Memorial Day weekend. Never Forgotten my brother, Semper Fi"
MSgt Mlay

"I noticed the license plate frame on your parents vehicle, In Memory of our Son, Gysgt Josephn Menusa.

Thank you very much for your contribution to our free society, and may your lifetime in Heaven be all that it can be."
Jim DeHart of Tracy, CA

"Brother, you are still in my prayers. You are not forgotten... 20100526"
MSgt Gutierrez I.S. of San Bruno CA

"After 7 years, it's still nice to see that Joe's memory lives on in those that knew him as well as those that didn't. I took it upon myself to create a facebook page in his honor so that those that don't know of this page here have another outlet to leave messages in his honor or to share stories about Joe and the memories he shared during his life. Here is the link to his page:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/pages/Joseph-Menusa/248559125486?ref=sgm

If by chance the link doesn't work, you can do a search using his name and his page should come up. Thank you again to all who have left messages. All of them are truly appreciated!!"
Stacy Menusa of Santa Maria, CA

"27 MAR 2010

Guns,
It is hard to believe it has been seven years. I just want you to know we are thinking of you today. Semper Fi my brother, "Never Forgotten".

MSgt Mlay"

"GySgt. Menusa,
You will always be with us! You were a great leader. We will never forget the ones that made us good leaders! You will be greatly missed!"
Kidd, J.L. I Co. 3/5 0331 of Muncie, IN

"Gunny,
I may not know you in person gunny, but I guess I want to pay my respects for you. Your legend lives on with your family and friends gunny. As junior Marine, I hope one day to reach you and be able to stand along side with you. Thank you for motativating me."
LCpl Lee, Brandon

"To the family of Gysgt Menusa, I just want you to know that your husband was a great platoon Seargant and a wonderful guy, I was with him in is final moments and prior to that day all he talk about was you and your son, god bless you and i wish you only the best"
Sgt. Ashdown of Santa Rosa California

"My family and I moved a week ago to this street in Tracy with an unusual name -- Joseph Menusa Lane. What a hassle, I thought, having to write that on envelopes and forms every day.

Today, I thought I'd take a moment to find out who this guy Menusa was, and I came across this page. I'm amazed at the heartfelt memories of this man, who was obviously a great father, husband, brother, friend and Marine.

Thank you to everyone who has shared his or her memories here. You've enlightened me, and from this moment on I'll be proud and honored to say that my family and I live on Gunny Joe Lane -- and if anyone asks how my street got its name, they'd better be ready to sit through a long story about a great man."
David Jackson of Tracy, CA (USA)

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Dear Stacy and Family, I think about Joseph often and the other service members who are on the banner at St. Louis de Montfort Church. Even though the picture of Joseph is not there, his memory is in my mind. I attended his funeral. My son, Dominic has a picture there also. Please pray for him. He is is Afghanistan. I want to ask you if I can use the beautiful pictures of Jasmine and Joshua in the Santa Maria Times for my preschool guide book. I have a section for the children of military families. I will name the children, with your permission. Please answer through my e-mail at Joannestmichael@yahoo.com. God Bless your family Joanne M. Annecchini"
Joanne Annecchini of Santa Maria Orcutt CA USA

"11 November 2009
Happy Marine Corps Birthday! On this Veterans Day, I just want you and your family to remember that we have not forgotten you brother. You will always be carried in our hearts and minds. Semper Fi and we miss you."
MSgt Mlay

"As I prepare for the fourth of July I look at it and can't help but think of you. I just wanted you to know that I thank you for being my friend. I still miss you as much today as when I first heard what had happend. Just know that you are not forgotten my friend, not today ...not ever. May God be with you and I am sure your on duty up there with your starch pressed cammies, spit shine boots and golden smile.

Semper Fi"
Cpl. Antonio Oropeza (89-92) of Lomita, Ca

"Gunny- It has been a long time and I just heard that you gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. You were my platoon SGT in k-bay and I remember the bets we used to make out on range 9 at PTA. You always had a smile on your face and loved what you did. Thank you for everything you taught me and thank you for fighting for our freedom. You will never be forgotten. OOH-RAH DEVIL"
LCPL MICHAEL BJAZEVICH 3RD MARINES ENG PLATOON K-BAY of Portland, OR

"23 May 2009
Guns,
Remembering you this Memorial Day Weekend, we will never forget our fallen brothers. Semper Fi"
MSgt Mlay

"Guns,
I just wanted to let you and your family know that you are being thought of today. We will never forget our fallen!"
Kevin Mlay of Arkansas

"Gunny,
You were my recruiter that sent me to the Marines out of the Livermore office. I wish I knew that you were at 1st CEB, I would have stopped by as I was with 3/5. I just wanted to take a moment this Christmas to say thank you for giving me the oppurtunity to be a Marine. God bless you and your family. You are not forgotten Gunny."
Cpl E.T. L Co. 3/5 of Orange County, CA

"12/21/08 - I AM VERY SHOCKED THAT I CAME ACROSSED THIS PAGE, AND I RECOGNIZED JOSEPH RIGHT OFF THE BACK. I AM STILL SHAKIN' UP AS I AM WRITING THIS RIGHT NOW. I MET JOSEPH BACK IN SUBIC BAY PHIL.IN EARLY 1990'S ,I WAS ACTUALLY GOING OUT WITH TONY ..WOW!IM IN TEARS AT THIS MOMENT IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME AND I HAVE TO SEE THIS. WE HAD A BLASTS BACK IN P.I.,YEAH, THIS MAN CAN DANCE! ANYONE WHO WAS THERE REMEMBER "SAMPAGUITA", "BOWLING ALLEY" AND "SKY CLUB" IN CUBI.THOSE ARE THE PLACES WE HANGED OUT AND OF COURSE DOWN TOWN OLONGAPO. TO HIS WIFE AND SON, I AM VERY SORRY- HE IS A GREAT GUY.I DON'T KNOW YOU BUT YOU'LL BE IN MY PRAYERS. I AM A FILIPINA MYSELF AND SINGLE MOM WITH 5 KIDS. I HAVE BEEN WRITING SOME INSPIRATIONAL ARTICLES I HAVE MY BLOG WEBSITE..http://serenity1769.blogspot.com and I JUST FORMED A NEW GROUP " THE FAITH LOVERS " IN www.delivermyprayers.org..GOD BLESS YOU ALL!"
ANN of TX

"Stacy & Joshua: I met Joe in Silver Creek HS & it's indeed a great pleasure knowing him. It's amazing what he did for our country & will always be proud of him. You are in my thoughts and prayers ... And may the Blessing of the Lord be upon you both, the family and Joe."
Marietta Babon (Suriben) of Mountain House, CA

"Hey Gunny,

It is Veterans day and I was thinking about you. Wheelbarger is a Msgt. now and is back over. I got fat and lazy so I went into the Army. Semper Fi bro."
Mike Houston of Jacksonville,Fla

"Guns,
As another Veteran's Day is upon us I just wanted to let you know that you are not forgotten and are remembered. God Bless and Semper Fi!"
MSgt Mlay

"The soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We are young. We have died. Remember us. They say: We have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours they will mean what you make them. They say: Weather our lives and our deaths are for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say: it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young. they say. We have died. Remember us:"
William Taylor of Bonita Springs, Fl.

"I can not look your picture and think that it has already been 5 years. I still laugh when I think about all the crazy things that we did together. I still can't thank you enough for all the times that you made me smile when I thought things were going down hill. I still owe you big time...I know...I know.."dont worry about it, we'll get even later". I still dont know how but I will continue to tell everyone who listens about how loyal, how funny and what a true friend you were. I will also tell them how much liked to dance. I stil remember the video of you and your brothers dancing..."treat'em right". I can still see you in your socks dnacing around. LOL...Thanks for all the laughs "brother from another mother" and like "sandman" used to say...see you on the flip side.

If you read this David Menusa...please email me at tonest211 at sbcglbal.net

Get Some Marines!
3rd CEB 3rd MAR DIV"
Antonio Oropeza "Peso" of Lomita, Ca

"Gunny Menusa- You were my recruiter and my first introduction to what a Marine was supposed to be. We were staying at a villa outside Baghdad when I read a letter from back home telling me of your passing...I felt like I'd been kicked in the gut. Thank you for your service, and your sacrifice and thank you for helping me in my Marine Corps journey. Semper Fidelis."
B. Edwards of Bay Area

"JOE I JUST WANTED TO WRITE YOU. YOU WERE ON MY MIND AND I WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT I MISS YOU BRO. I FOUND YOUR LETTER THAT YOU WROTE ME AND BOY DID IT KILLED ME INSIDE READING IT. I COULDNT BELIEVE THAT, THAT WOULD BE THE LAST LETTER OR THE LAST THAT WE WOULD TALK. TO EACH OTHER. JOE HELP ME. PLEASE MAKE THE PAIN IN MY CHESS GO AWAY. I LOVE YOU BRO AND NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN. LIKE WHEN WE WERE LITTLE KIDS, I GOT YOUR BACK BRO I GOT YOUR BACK."
bro

"Guns,
I just want you to know, that you are on my mind this Memorial Day and will never be forgotten. "Semper Fi"
MSgt Mlay

"Joe,

I remember the day that I found out you passed away, hard to believe its been five years. Talked to a few of the guys we served with and news hit them hard as well. Hope Joe's family is safe and doing well. Saepe Expertus, Semper Fidelis, Fratres Aeterni."
Minh Walker

"WOW! It's hard to believe that today will be 5 years already since Joe was taken from us. Time has gone by so fast as it seems like only yesterday that this all happened. I look back at pictures of my son Joshua and he was such a little boy when his daddy was taken from us. Today he is an active 8 year old boy into his video games, cartoons, computers, and playing with his baby sister. It's crazy to think how much he has grown over the last 5 years and how he grows to be more like his daddy everyday. I am grateful for all the blessings that we have received because of the sacrifice that Joe made for us. We would be nothing today if it wasn't for him. We miss you Joe! We still think about you each and everyday and look forward to the day when we can all be together again. Thank you again to all of you who have left messages in memory of Joe. I don't think he ever realized how much he touched the lives of others in his short life. I appreciate each and every one of you who have left messages here in his memory. Thanks again!"
Stacy Menusa, wife of GySgt Menusa, of Santa Maria, CA

"Joe,

I am writing this letter late. I served with Joe in Desert Storm 17 years ago. I remember Joe as a real first class person and Marine. He was very reliable and a joy to be with whether it was training, combat or just having a beer.
My friend Minh Walker told me about Joe being killed in Iraq 5 years ago. I was just in disbelief upon hearing this news and it saddened me to my core.
I immediately thought of my times with Joe and my own time serving in the Marines. I kept thinking "what if I stayed in??" But I didn't.
My condolences to Joe's family. May god bless all of you. He was "the best"."
Tom Frederick of Helena, Montana

"Guns,
In just three days it will be five years since we lost a fine Marine in our ranks. You and your family's sacrifices will never be forgotten. I just wanted to leave you and your family a message and let them know that we all still honor and remember you brother. I will never forget that day in the desert, your memory still lives on in all of us. I truly believe in Gods promise that we will all be together one day in heaven and in believing that, hopefully it will bring some peace to everyone who misses you so much. My heart goes out to all of your family and may god bring peace and faith into their hearts. God bless you and Semper Fi. Rest in peace my brother."
Master Sergeant Mlay

"Gunny,
you and I first crossed paths in 29 Palms. We were both young Marines and you were my stiffest competitor for meritorious promotions. You pushed me every time. Over time our fierce competitiveness turned into admiration. We learned from each other and challenged each other to be better leaders for our Marines. My brother, there is no doubt that i have made it to where i am right now because of you. You’ve touched so many lives on so many levels. You will never be forgotten. We'll see you in heaven, Joe."
CWO-3 Anthony Rodriguez of Central Arabian Gulf

"GySgt Menusa, you are still in my thoughts and memories, even afer 5 years later. You were a person that I respected and had a blast working with at the San Jose MEPS. In or out of your uniform, you were an awesome person with a fun personality. The nights of drinking beers in the Air Force liaison office... ahh, wonderful memories. You are always in my thoughts!"
TSgt Greg Call of Conway, AR

"WELL JOE JUST HERE AT SCHOOL iN MY SCiENCE CLASS AND WELL DECiDED TO LEAVE U SOMETHiNG...iTS NOT LiKE iM BREAKiN A RULE [[iF MY MOM iS READiN OR ANY ADULT i KNO]] CUZ YEA MY SCiENCE TEACHER LET US GO ON iNTERNET AND SiNCE i WAS THiNKiN OF U..i DECiDED TO LEAVE U A MESSAGE...WOW JOE WE MiSS U SOOOOO MUCH.iTS STiLL HARD FOR MY DAD JOE. HONESTLY LiKE WHEN i LOOK AT HiM i CAN STiLL SEE iT iN HiS EYES..JUST HOW HURT HE iS.ESPECiALLY SiNCE THE 27th iS COMiN UP THiS MONTH AND WE ALL WiLL HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT DAY =[. GOSH JOE i MiSS U iT SUCKS THAT i NEVER REALLY GOT TO KNO U =/ iT HURTS SO MUCH FOR EVERYONE U LEFT BEHiND JOE. LiKE i KNO GRANDMA AND GRANDPA R ABLE TO SAY THAT UR iN A BETTER PLACE BUT i KNO STiLL DEEP DOWN iNSiDE UR ONE OF THE FiRST THiNGS THAT COME TO MiND WHEN THEY WAKE UP. i DONT EVEN KNO HOW STACY DEALS WiT iT...iT HURTS ALOT i BET i COULDNT EVEN iMAGiNE. i MiSS U JOE, i HOPE U R iN A BETTER PLACE...LUV UR LiL NiECE LOL THE ONE U USED TO CALL A BRAT =P"
ESABEL AKA BEL =] of O-SiDE

"Joe,


It has taken me a long time to write this. Denial is a powerful thing my friend. I remember your face as we PT'd at Courthouse Bay in 1999 during the Journeyman Course (running 'till our eyes bled). You were always there to help me keep the Men tight and proud. You were always there when I needed a "strong" SNCO to get the job done..You never let me down Joe: and yes, you did it with a smile. I now realize when your baby was concieved...And that is what hurts so much brother. I realized that it was after we all left Journeyman school that you went home and expanded your family...I am so proud of you Joe. I do not know your child; but I bet I would see your smile somewhere on that face. Knowing you makes that easier for me somehow...
I have may fond memories of the entire course...Many laughs...Remember Wednesday nights on the BBQ? I miss those times. You drove us all home so we would not pay the price...We were ALL singing "Ms. American Pie (drove my Chevy to the levy..) I remember the eyes and smiles of all of you. That will never leave me; ever.
Being the "Gunny" with six SNCO's was a chore at times. However, you all were nothing more than brothers bonded by one thing...We fought, learned, and grew "together". To be able to lead Men like you is WHY I stayed; to give back to the Corps. There never was nor will there ever be anything that can replace that Joe...Ever.
I can lie to you and say I will pray for you...I won't Joe..You ARE in Heaven making sure the Marines that guard the streets are READY just as we achieved together here on earth. I can see now the impact you will make yet again.. I will find you my friend, that grin makes you easy to find.
I WILL pray for your family, that I promise Staff Sergeant. You will always be with my best memories. The world lost color when you left...I will do my best to carry-on and live life like you did...Making the best of every second.
Forever in arms,
Semper Fi Joe,

Fletcher R. Armstrong III
1stSgt USMC (Ret)
"Gunny" Armstrong"
1stSgt Fletcher R. Armstrong III of Loris, SC/USA

"This message posted with great reverence. Would next of kin or other family members please contact GySgt Menusa's unit at 760-725-7775 and request to speak to the adjutant. Contact with the family has been lost."
Adjutant, 1stCEB of CamPen, CA

"I was in the same platoon as Joe when he was at 29 Palms in 1993 to 1994. I really liked Joe and thought he was the best Marine. His boots were always the most polished, his Cammies were razor crisp, and his attitude about the Marines was motivating. I got out in 1994, but have over the years thought about Joe and wondered how he was doing in the Marines. He was truly a wonderful person to be around and he was always smiling and willing to give a helping hand. Joe, you were a great leader of young men and an inspiration to us all. Thank you for your service and thanks for being that Marine that young men can aspire to be like. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you and your family."
Cpl Tyler Johns (90-94) of Yucca Valley CA

"Man Joe, I just cant belive it.. I was in total shock when Scott told me.. I know it has been sometime, but I still remember you from Engineer School, Oki (Desert Storm/Shield), and Camp Pendelton before I got out.. Thinking that you are a 'Gunny' just sent chills down my spine because if I would have stayed in, I would have also been a 'Gunny' and there are times that I really regret leaving. I can tell you, it was fun hanging with you when I was in and you and your family are in my thoughts always...

justin(at)fuquahome.net"
Justin 'Cpl' Fuqua (CEB) of Canyon Country, CA

"Gunny,

Rest in peace my brother, I know you still watch us. I miss you and I wish there had been more time. You will never be forgotten by anyone who knew you even for a minute, you taught us all how to live and be a better"
SSgt. Rosenquist of Oceanside, CA.

"Guns,
I just wanted to leave you a message to let you know that you are not forgotten on this Veteran's Day. Remembering you as always."
GySgt Mlay of Okinawa, Japan

"WOW...TIME GOES BY QUICK,DOESN'T IT JOE?? YOU KNOW IT STILL HURTS INSIDE WHEN YOUR NAME COMES TO MY EARS...I KNOW FOR THE LONGEST TIME WE WEREN'T AS CLOSE AS I WAS WITH DANNY OR JEFF BUT I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT THE YEARS I DID GET TO BE AROUND YOU..THOSE MEAN ALOT AND ARE WONDERFUL MEMORIES THAT I STILL KEEP IN MY HEART. SOMETIMES I LAY AT NIGHT TOSSING AND TURNING THINKING OF YOU.WONDERING HOW YOU ARE DOING, OR THE FACT THAT YOUR REALLY GONE AND THAT YOUR NOT COMING BACK.THOUGH IN MY HEART I KNOW YOUR STILL AROUND AND THAT YOU STILL COME BACK TO GRANDMAS HOUSE EVERY NOW AND THEN. YOU KNOW JOE I LOOK AT MY DAD AND I SEE THE HURT IN HIS EYES...EVER SINCE YOU LEFT. I COULDNT EVEN IMAGINE HOW STACY FEELS...THE THOUGHT THAT ONE PERSON I WERE TO SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE WITH LEAVE ME, SOMETHING I DON'T THINK I COULD EVER OVERCOME.I LOOK AT GRANDMA AND I JUST WANT TO CRY. JUST REMEMBERING THE DAY WE FOUND OUT THAT YOU WERE REALLY GONE AND SEEING HER FACE AND HER TEARS FROM ALL THE HURT.I MISS YOU ALOT JOE. YOU WERE A GREAT PERSON IN EACH AND EVERY WAY. YOU NEVER TOOK LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY AND LIVED EVERY MOMENT AS IF IT WAS YOUR LAST.I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE ALL LOVE YOU AND HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN ONE DAY....AND TIL THAT DAY COMES,I LOVE YOU JOE AND HOPE YOUR STILL WATCHING OVER US EACH AND EVERY DAY."
Esabel Menusa of OCEANSIDE CA. USA

"JOE , I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START!! ONLY I MISS U SOO MUCH, I LOVED HAVING AS A BROTHER-IN-LAW, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ONLY 14 YEARS THEY WERE SOME OF THE BEST YEARS FOR ALL OF US. I KNOW YOU WOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR BROTHER, EVERY DAY IS A CHALLENGE FOR HIM AND I ADMIRE HIM MORE THEN LIFE TO BE ABLE TO DO ALL THE THINGS HE DOES FOR US AND HIS COUNTRY WITHOUT ANY COMPLAINTS AFTER LOSING YOU. I KNOW YOU WERE HIS BEST FRIEND AND HE LOVED YOU DEARLY. WE ALL MISS YOU SOO MUCH , YOUR NIECE WILL BE 15 SOON AND I KNOW WE ALWAYS JOKED ABOUT WHEN SHE STARTED DATING LOL!!! I KNOW YOU R STILL WITH US AND CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL WE R ALL TOGETHER AGAIN, LUV YA JOE!!"
DIANE MENUSA of OCEANSIDE CA. USA

"Though I never met you, your picture is one I recognize immediately. I should, it's been in my husbands wallet for years now. Please know you are in the thoughts and prayers of my family daily.
Semper Fi sir, and God's grace be with your family.
with total admiration,
Ashley Mlay"
Ashley Mlay (GySgt Mlay's wife) of Oki, Japan

"Remembering with you the life of someone so dear."
Shirley Billingsley of Huntsville, AL

"Dear Stacy and Joshua, I think of you guys every day, you're always in my prayers. I had the pleasure of knowing Joseph in Jr. High at Leyva and in high school at Silver Creek. I from time to time pull out my yearbooks as his picture is always right next to mine (Cynthia Mendonca). I reread the kind words he wrote in them and say a little prayer for all of you. God Bless you always."
Cindy of San Jose

"Guns,
I just thought I would check in on you and let you know that you are still not forgotten and never will be. Rest in peace my brother Semper Fi"
GySgt Mlay of Okinawa, Japan

"July 4, 2007
To the family of Joseph Menusa. Joseph gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all.""
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Joseph Menusa i herd about you from a friend of mine he told me all that you did and i just have to say THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING."
ashley seifert of Springfield SouthDakota

"Guns, Memorial Day is upon us once again and I just wanted to let you know that you are honored today by all of us. That day in Iraq will forever live in my memory. You will never be forgotten my brother."
GYSGT MLAY of Okinawa, Japan

"I first heard of Gunny Joe when reading an article about the Marine who escorted Gunny's body back into Kuwait. The article was in the Orlando Sentinel and the Marine who was the escort was in the Reserve Unit here in Orlando, ever since I read that article I've wanted to contact the escort....to thank him for the dedication he showed the Gunny, for keeping the 'Esprit de Corps' alive....truly Marines...all Marines are Brothers.

For Gunny's Family I offer my heartfelt condolences, I never had the honor of knowing the Gunny but he is on my mind constantly...men of his caliber are few and far between...only exception to this is in our Beloved Corps, it is full of men the caliber of Gunny Joe Menusa....Thank You Gunny for what you've done in the all too short time you were on this Earth, may you rest in Peace my Brother."
Rick Johnson arzach@cfl.rr.com of Orlando Fl.

"GySgt Menusa, I just wanted you to know that you have not been forgotten by any of us. I still remember our convoy that brought you out of Iraq. It does not seem that long ago, it is hard to believe it has been four years. I think of you every day. Keep heavens gate secured I am still doing my part down here. Semper Fi my brother."
GySgt Mlay of Okinawa, Japan

"Today is the four year anniversary of Joe's death. It's hard to believe that four years have gone by so fast. It seems like only yesterday that Joe was taken from us. Not a day has gone by that we haven't thought or talked about him. He is still very much alive in our hearts. I'd like to say a personal thank you to everyone who has left well wishes for my son, Joshua and I these past few years. Joshua is growing up to be just like his dad. Having Joshua as part of my life is my greatest blessing because he gets to be more and more like him everyday. It has been very comforting over the last four years knowing that so many people appreciate the sacrifice of the men and women in our military. Thank you again!"
Stacy Menusa of Santa Maria, CA

"SSgt Menusa & Family,

You guys are not alone when it comes to missing Gunny. He touched the lives of many and even four years later, it still seems like it wasn't so long ago. Try to believe that he's never left your side, and maybe you'll find comfort from the sharp pain in your head and in your heart. There was nothing that anyone could've done to stop him and God knows that your brother knows you always had his back no matter what. God bless you and your family especially in this time of year."

"My brother,
Joe its been almost four years since you left and it feels like it was just yesterday. People say that time will heel but I guess not for me. One day has not pass that I havent taught of you. Everyday ask God to bring you back and we would be together again just like when we were small. Some times I ask god if I could join you but no reply. All I know is that the pain in my chess doesnt go away. I wish I could turn the hand of time back but I cant. Everyday I think of you. My head hurts sometimes because I think of you to much. Days would go by but the hurt I feel inside doesnt want to go away. Joe one day we will be together again. One day god will grant my wish. Its either I'll be their or you'll come back because it was only a bad dream. I still believe in the flag and what it stands for. I still remember that talk that we had. One day we would have to make that sacrafice. I guess you just beet me to it. All I know is that I should have had your back like when we were kids. And that is what I have to live with. Forgive me brother. Please forgive me. I would take your place if I could. Joe remember this no matter where you are at I will find you and we'll be together again. Just like when we were small. You, me and grandma..Till we meet again Joe I will always have you in my heart. Love you always bro... Your brother Dave........."
Ssgt Menusa of Camp Pendelton

"My brother,
Joe its been almost four years since you left and it feels like it was just yesterday. People say that time will heel but I guess not for me. One day has not pass that I havent taught of you. Everyday ask God to bring you back and we would be together again just like when we were small. Some times I ask god if I could join you but no reply. All I know is that the pain in my chess doesnt go away. I wish I could turn the hand of time back but I cant. Everyday I think of you. My head hurts sometimes because I think of you to much. Days would go by but the hurt I feel inside doesnt want to go away. Joe one day we will be together again. One day god will grant my wish. Its either I'll be their or you'll come back because it was only a bad dream. I still believe in the flag and what it stands for. I still remember that talk that we had. One day we would have to make that sacrafice. I guess you just beet me to it. All I know is that I should have had your back like when we were kids. And that is what I have to live with. Forgive me brother. Please forgive me. I would take your place if I could. Joe remember this no matter where you are at I will find you and we'll be together again. Just like when we were small. You, me and grandma..Till we meet again Joe I will always have you in my heart. Love you always bro... Your brother Dave........."
Ssgt Menusa of Camp Pendelton

"Gunny Menusa,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF, but also for your service in Desert Storm as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Gunny!"

"GySgt Menusa,

You were a friend who I always trusted when we were on Recruiting Duty from 1999-2002. I thank you for the sacrifice you made for our Country!"
SSgt James Pitre of Oceanside, CA

"I am so glad they named a street after this brave soldier. The company I work for is in San Jose and I live in Tracy where he spend his last few years in the U.S., and along with his parents. They just changed Manuellian Ln to JOSEPH MENUSA LN! Although I've never met him or heard of him until the street was renamed, I am proud nonetheless. I notice in Tracy, they tend to name these newer streets after vets and fallen soldiers. I don't oppose it whatsoever."
Dave of Joseph Menusa Ln. Tracy, CA

"It has been some years since have have served in the USMC, but as is said,"Once a MARINE always a MARINE." My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of "Gunny" Menusa...may you rest in peace and lead those that may fall behind you. God Bless."
Todd M. OBrien of Mesa,AZ

"I still remember our short-timer calendar out of the MEPS. I couldn't wait to go to Hawaii, and all you wanted to do was lead Marines. I know that you were leading from the front, like you always did. Go with God, Gunny, go with God."
CPT Mark Rasmussen of Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA

"Menusa,
Rest in peace bro. I am proud to have had the opportunity to Work with you while we were in 29 Palms in the early days, you never stopped laughing.Thank you for everything Brother, SEMPER FI"
Tony Vega of Phoenix, Arizona

"Stacy,

My condolences to you, the your young son and family. Joe replaced me as a canvassing recruiter in RSS Hayward where we quickly became good friends. I remember the times of running around showing him the ropes of recruiting. I knew that I passing the torch to a consumate professional. A very likeable marine with a great sense of humor.
The last time I spoke to him was in late Dec of 2002 a few months after you all returned from his recruting stint. We spoke about getting together in San Diego, it was not soon after that we both got called to duty for iraq. We both embarked on the same ship for Iraq. I did not hear of his fate until a few weeks after the war had started that he was KIA. It hit me like a ton of bricks, I felt a loss of a brother, comrade, and a good friend. This is when it hit me how real war really is. I mourned Joe's loss along with SSgt Fowler who was on the same ship. We spoke of the good times with all had together and how a good father and husband he was to his family.
Joe, you have given the ultimate sacrifice and will not be forgotten. Men like you symbolizes the true spirit of an American fighting man and you will be remembered for eternity. You are the future inspirations of generations to come who will defend this great nations of ours. Rest in peace, we will continue the fight.
Stacy, stay strong and healthy. Remember, he is always watching over you."
GySgt Flores, Max of MCAS Yuma, AZ

"I knew Joe in GTMO. I remember your sense of humor and contagious smile. My prayers are with your wife and son. God Bless"
Gretchen Driscoll of Maryland

"R.I.P. to a good person through and through. Your smile is remembered by those who knew you and cared."

"To Joshua Menusa: I saw your picture today for the first time in in my April , 2006 VFW Magazine. You are a very brave young man. Listen to your mom, believe in God, listen to your teachers and you can be anything you want to be in this life.

Ian McFedries
Akron, Ohio
US Army
Vietnam 1968-69"
Ian McFedries of Akron, Ohio

"GySgt Menusa,

I served with Gunny Menusa from 1996-1999 in CSC 3rd Marines K- Bay. He was an outstanding Marine that genuinely cared about his Marines. We worked together on so many things, and I always had the utmost respect for him. He gave his life for his country and his Marines. Joe was the first Marine that I knew who gave their life over there. I will always remember how I felt the day I heard the news. To his wife Stacy, I hope you are doing well. God bless you. Semper Fi brother, see you on the other side. Gone but not forgotten."
Cpl Shane Abbott USMC of Orange Park, FL

"Gunny,
You had just left San Jose MEPS a short time ago when I got the message from Master Sergeant that you were KIA. Please forgive me for refuseing to go to your funeral, not out of disrespect, but because I wanted to remember for the way you were. Please forgive me. You were always a pleseant, happy go lucky, highly professional Marine.

In your Honor, I hung a picture of you in the lab with me as I helped enlist every military hopefuls. From time to time, someone would ask who that guy is(refering to your picture) and I would reply,"that there is a damn fine Marine who paid the ultimate price in Iraq." This always got me a little choked up, but I am very happy to have known you.

Rest in peace."
HM2(SS/SW/AW/FMF) Stephan Andrus of 3d Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan

"You will always be Lance Corporal to me. We served together the first time around and spend another year on the rock thereafter. I remember well going down to Kadena to find a good stereo for the baracks and drinking in the PI. Semper Fi."
Jonas Cutler, C Co, 3rd CEB of Concord, New Hampshire

"rest in peace bro.youre just another pawn in this bush administration war against wmd.whatta waste,waste,waste."
jose rizal of los angeles

"Every time I think of when I went back to school I remember when you told me to “stay in school”, to get my education and then maybe try for a commission. That tiny seed of hope to become an officer started that day I came in to your office in 99. You were a recruiter and I was going to Heald reconsidering reenlistment, your office was conveniently located down stairs and I visited often. Well I finally finished and now I’m working on my package for MECEP. Thank You Gunny for just listening and helping me reorganize my priorities in life."
CPL J M Padilla of Oceanside, CA

"There are many measures of one’s successes and accomplishments –how he dresses, what he drives, or the house in which he lives; but Joe, you are remembered brother, remembered by many and remembered fondly - a true testament to your life. Tragically, you were taken from this earth too soon; take pride in the fact that it was not in vain. As you did in life, you continue, in death, to inspire others to seek out what is good and what it righteous, to press onward, despite the hardships and the obstacles. Through your son your strength and memories carry on. Rest in peace my brother-in-arms! You were a man of exceptional character Joe!"
ENGINEERS UP!! of Camp Lejeune, NC

"I do not know how this will be received. I was the the convoy commander whos convoy brought Gunny back from where he had fallen to Camp Viper in Souther Iraq. That convoy is clear in my mind still today. It was a huge convoy. I briefed the Marines before we returned to Camp Viper about who we were carrying with us. We did not know him personnally, but he was our brother. That was the first realization of what war is for many of them. It was a tough couple of days at that point in the war. There had been many Marines lost. It was gut wrenching to see how our fallen were kept before being sent home. When we returned to camp, and the young Cpl saw this as well, he looked me strait in the eye and said "I am not putting Gunny in there, sir. I will stand watch over him all night if I have to, but I am not putting him in there." There was no debate. He had an American flag, which we were not allowed to fly, so he folded it, and placed it in with Gunny. He stood watch over Gunny, in his truck, until the helo came for him in the morning. Again, I am not sure how this will be received, but I was a 1stLt out there, and Gunnys are the fathers and the teachers of young Marines as they grow in the Corps, including myself. That experience, and that Cpl taking care of Gunny was an example of why Marines are Marines. I will remember that for the rest of my life. I did not know you Gunny, but Semper Fi, and I hope to meet you up there one day."
Christopher D. Waters of Ashburn, VA

"You are a great American Gunny, rest in peace!!"
Sean C. Keel of Tucson, Arizona

"Gunny,
You are a great American and a hero. I was never able to meet you, but I served with your brother David in I Co 3/5. God bless you and all of your family. Thank you for your sacrifice! Semper Fi Tuefelhunden!"
Cayle Maxwell of Twisp, WA

"I really don't know where to begin Joe. It feels like just yesterday that we were out in Okinawa dancing our stress away. After we got back for desert strom/ desert sheild I never thought that I, or you would ever see that part of the world again. I didn't but you did. It doesn't suprise me that you had to finish what you started. Joe thanks for all the memories and being my A- Gunner in desert storm. I can't even begin to tell you how much you helped me with all the laughter you brought into my world. You meant a ton to me as a friend, a man, and a marine. You were a walking poster of what a Marine should look and act like. Thank for everything, "my brother from another mother"(it still makes me laugh) and Semper Fi. 3rd CEB 3rd Marine Division, Master Blasters,..on "The Rock"1989-93"
Antonio H Oropeza of Harbor City, California

"gunny menusa,
before i met you in oakland,i had no intention of joining the marine corps.you were a ssgt. and a recruiter in hayward.some of my last teenage memories are when you picked me up july 9th and dropped me off at meps and my mom kept crying and you said"the sacrifices we make for freedom".that echos in my head as i look at your picture.i'm going on five years and i'm a sgt.just thought i'd leave you something.rest in peace!semper fi"
sgt. carter of quantico,va

"Gunny,
You always had something to say to make me laugh and realize times can't stay bad if you laugh it off. I'll never forget you love America so much you changed your name to Men U.S.A."
Ssgt. Rosenquist of Camp Pendleton, CA.

"Jose I never met you; but I want to Thank You, and your family for sacfricing so much for the freedom of are country. You are a hero and you will always be in my heart."
Emma of Fresno, California

"To the friends and family of Joseph Menusa:
I know the pain can not be eased by any words, but please know that your loved one will be remembered forever and his for his sacrifice he will eternally be a hero! My husband was KIA on June 4th in Iraq. I am sincerelly sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for the families of the fallen soldiers every day."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"RIP Gunny"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"Joe, I got to meet you with other Marines before the war, I finally made it up that rock wall and punched the red button, I also beat that cancer I had, thank you OOORAH! Semper Fi and God Bless you."
Raymond Bautista of California

"Joe,
It has been over a year since you have been gone and you are still missed every day. Your pictures are a constant reminder to me that I have lost a good friend who gave his all for something he loved. It's been crazy, but I know I have never told you how proud I am of you. Your memory will forever stay alive in my heart, we will forever be eternal friends."
Isa~ of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

"To Remember Them..In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Marine!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"It seems like yesterday that I was just talking to Gunny about communications. I talked to him for about an hour the night before he was taken from us. The voice of his Lt will always ring in my head the day he was killed. Gunny, the Marines from your platoon did an outstanding job and you would be proud. I was the senior enlisted communicator for 2/5's "A" Command during the war. I can try and answer any questions you may have, but I did not know him very well. I can be reached at wirechief0619@iwon.com"
Scott Hill of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Sergeant Menusa, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Joseph will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa for your persistence on our freedom. I recieved a newspaper at school and you were on there. I felt quite sad about your loss. I want to be in the Marines myself when I get old enough. I can't thank you enough. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!"
Brandon Tibbott of Valley Center, KS U.S.A.

"Joe, its been almost a year since you have left us. I still miss you. You were then and even now a good friend. I went to your grave in July 03 when my aunt passed away. How we all miss you so much. I found a picture of your from Jan 94, you were always smiling... We all have lost a lot with you gone. Someday I will see your smile again, I miss you so. Thank you for all the long talks and what you have done for us all."

"Stacy,
Everday when I look down at your old house I think of you and your family. Thank you Gunny for giving the ultimate sacrifice and we will always remember you. Semper Fi!!!!!!"
The Villarreal Family of San Clemente, Ca Camp Pendleton

"Stacy,

I think of you often sweetie. I just wanted to write you on here and let you know that you and Joshua are in my prayers. Your dear sweet husband Joseph, will not be forgotten."
Kerri (ex marine gf from the marine wives forum) of Florida

"Thank you Joseph Menusa, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"I was stationed with GySgt Menusa in 29Palms in 1995 where we were also roommates for a while. My last contact with him was Oct 2001 before I left for Okinawa. He was a great friend and Marine and will truley be missed. My heart goes out to you and your family in your time of loss, and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you."
Daniel R. Belec of Camp Pendleton (currenlty Iraq)

"To the family and friends of Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Joseph for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Joseph, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"God Bless you and your family.
Your sacrifice will never be forgotten."
Sean & Villa Rowan of Charleston, SC, USA

"I do not know sgt. menusa but i condole with his family. being from the Philippines myself i feel proud that sgt. menusa represented the best from both the Philippines and America, the love of freedom and the courage to defend it from tyrants even if it means going overseas to give that freedom to other people."
Arnel A. Aquipel of The Philippines

"I was with 1st CEB and was also in Gitmo with the Mine field maintenance section. Though I did not personally know Gunny Menusa I will miss him as a fallen brother. Stay strong and be proud of him always. He is in our hearts. Engineers Up! rvalverde@direcTV.com"
Ruben Valverde of Whittier, CA

"My prayers will be with you and your family. You will always be remember as a hero.We are proud of you."
Jose I Rivera of Dallas Texas, UAS.

"All the Filipinos at Prince Sultan Air Base are proud of you. You have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of your country, and for that we salute you, brother."
TSgt Ernesto Reyes of Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

"Thank you Gunny. Thank you for your sacrifice and thank you for protecting our freedom. May God Bless your family."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on